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Photo via Vanguard Furniture

Introducing Form by Vanguard Furniture, a collection of incredibly sophisticated dining tables, modern arm chairs, and elegant buffets, now available in our showroom.

What you’ll love about this collection? Vanguard is known for designing furniture that feels fluid and organic, with curved landscapes of shape layered with authentic wood grains. This collection is the definition of refined elegance. Each and every item in this Vanguard collection is a work of art featuring oak veneers, honed marble, woven Lampakanay, wire brushed ash solids, and metal accents.

The use of the curves in this collection gives it a calming, organic feel. Vanguard is a  simple line, that has the ability to connect us to the outdoors.”- Les Nelmes, Sales Manager, Once A  Tree Furniture

Here are a few of the beautiful pieces from this collection, currently available in our showroom:

Form Buffet With Wood Doors

Form Dining Table

Form Console

Each of these pieces is available in a variety of organic finishes, to bring a harmonious and balanced feeling into your living space. As one of the exclusive carriers of Vanguard Furniture in Vancouver, consider this your official invitation to explore the Vanguard collection up close. Visit our showroom located at 292 West 3rd Avenue, or book an appointment for a private consultation with our team.

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Photo via Provoke Studios

Take a tour through this beautiful interior design project from Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating - showcasing the best of both coasts! This stunning 9000 square foot home located on Prince Edward Island combines Lori’s modern, west coast design aesthetic with the traditional, east coast architectural bones of the home – for a stunning result. Also featured? Curated decor and furniture from Canadian small businesses and artisans including custom-made furniture from us at Once A Tree! The OAT team has been collaborating with Lori for over 10 years now, and this was a particularly special project for us as 80% of the furniture and lighting was sourced from Once A Tree and our team had the opportunity to travel and work first-hand on the install in P.E.I! 

As with every project she takes on, Lori went to great lengths to source and design pieces specific to the clients’ taste and style (which was a mix of “old farmhouse” and “sleek and modern”). For this project, we worked with Lori to source a variety of unique pieces like the Austin Cocktail Table Set from Arteriors Home, Jade Chair from Once A Tree, the Genesis Rug from Jaipur Living, and customized furnishings to her clients’ liking – including this Tully Sofa from Lee Industries, Jackson Coffee Table from our very own STUDIO collection, and Aaron Chair from American Leather. And the media took notice! Lori’s project was featured in a highly coveted 12-page spread in the Summer Edition of Style at Home as well as in its French counterpart Décormag

Scroll through some of the highlights, captured by Provoke Studios, to see why this project was met with great acclaim. 

“What is truly unique about OAT is that I am able to design custom pieces that they can build for me in addition to them supplying from their large number of vendors. I can also have them customize their wide range of studio designs to suit our client’s needs.” - Lori Steeves

Sales Manager Les Nelmes with Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating 

Design partnerships are the heart of our business here at Once a Tree.  

Learn more about how this stunning home came together over on Lori’s design blog, and follow us on Instagram to see more of the designer collaborations we’ve been a part of. 

PS: If you’re interested in collaborating on a upcoming design project, please connect with our Sales Manager, Les Nelmes to get started on bringing your vision to life:

Photos via Provoke Studios

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Luxurious outdoor living + summer entertaining

If you’re looking for simple ways to transform your backyard into an oasis this summer, take a look at our new collection from Bernhardt. From stylish sofas to chic tables, a beautiful new piece may be all it takes to elevate your outdoor space. 

Below are a few photos from our summer entertaining collections; pop by our showroom to get a closer look.

Featured: Catalonia Sofa, Catalonia Chairs, Kai Cocktail Table and Casitas Accent Tables.

Photo credit: Bernhardt

Featured: Ibiza Sofa, Ibiza Chair & Catalan Accent Table  

Photo credit: Bernhardt

Featured: Solana Sofa, Origami Chairs, Rochelle Cocktail Table & Rochelle Side Tables.

Photo credit: Bernhardt

Featured: Maldives Swivel Chairs & Catalan Accent Table.

Photo credit: Bernhardt 

Visit us in Vancouver to get a closer look at all of the above outdoor furniture pieces and more. If you would like personal shopping support, we are happy to arrange that, please contact us today. Our showroom is located at 292 West 3rd Avenue. 


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Art that speaks for itself: meet 3 of our newest showroom artists

If you’ve popped by our new showroom in Mount Pleasant lately, you’ve likely been captivated by the gorgeous artwork on the walls. 

Let us introduce you to three new artists we carry. We’re both inspired by, and incredibly proud to display art by, the following: Anthony Valin, Yasmeen Strang, and Suzanne Summersgill

Anthony Valin

Known for his beautiful plaster work and mold-making techniques, Anthony’s art is both timeless and modern. Based out of Toronto, Anthony has over 18 years of experience in the industry and is known for making bespoke pieces for interior design projects. 


Instagram: @anthonyvalinstudios 

Yasmeen Strang

Shown above are two beautiful photos from Yasmeen’s Apoptosis series which was inspired by a quote Yasmeen stumbled upon by Nobel Prize winning author and activist, Olga Tokarczuk. Yasmeen lives and works in beautiful BC, and worked for years on assignment in the USA, Canada, and Africa before turning her lens to fine art photography.


Suzanne Summersgill

With her knowledge of colour, pattern and texture, Suzanne specializes in creating illustration paintings that focus on earth themes and the environment. The painting above evokes a visceral exploration of the sense of place, and was inspired by the abandoned houses near Ashcroft, BC.


Instagram: @pinnstudio 

Each of these pieces of art tells a unique story that can only be truly experienced in person. You’re welcome to come and explore our current art collections at 292 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver BC.

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Fashion-inspired design: introducing Interlude

We are excited to announce that we’re now carrying a fabulous line - Interlude Home

Known for their fashion-inspired furniture, each Interlude piece is designed with exquisite details and textures – think soft leather, amazonian marble, warm woods like walnut and ash, and metals like satin brass finished steel. 

Below are a few photos of the pieces we have in the Showroom and a sense of why we love Interlude.

When you visit our store, you can make yourself comfortable on the exquisite sofettes, or the gorgeous curved sectionals. As well, Interlude offers some of the most beautifully designed counter stools, side tables and dining chairs we’ve seen. And, we also have their famous Phillippe Sheep Sculpture in store. 

Scroll down for a visual sneak peek.

Montaigne Nightstand

Martine Sofette 

Nuage Soffette 

Creed Dresser 

Philippe Sheep Sculpture 

The backstory? This Phillippe Sheep Sculpture is Interlude’s signature piece, and if he looks familiar, that’s because he is inspired by the French designer Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s work. Lalanne famously said "the supreme art is the art of living" – and we think that’s the perfect start to exploring Interlude’s artful pieces.

As the only store carrying Interlude in Vancouver, we’d love to invite you to come by to explore this line in person - each piece is available in a number of different finishes. 

Our team is ready to give you a personal tour! 

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A New Beginning-Home at Last.


Creating a new concept for a Vancouver design establishment with over 40 years of rich history is no easy feat, but owner Daphne Nielsen felt that after celebrating the stores 40th anniversary last year - now is the perfect time to introduce a new Once a Tree Furniture. 

Located in the heart of Mount Pleasant, this new location is more than just a retail store. The promise is to deliver an open, accessible, and dynamic environment (no by-appointment shopping here!). The mission is to showcase the best of the design world, foster the design community and nurture inspiration. Centrally located at 292 West 3rd Avenue, the new concept opened its doors in mid-December. 

To share more about Once A Trees evolution, read on for a Q&A with owner Daphne Nielsen and sales manager Les Nelmes in conversation with Victoria McKenney of Enviable Designs. The next iteration of Once A Tree Furniture is here and we are excited to share a sneak peek with you! 

Daphne and Les in the New Showroom

Victoria: Do you ever think back to your days as a kid in your parents store on Fraser Street? What would your Mom and Dad think if they could see you now?

Daphne: I think theyd be blown away - we started as an unfinished furniture store! People would come in and buy a piece or two at a time and take them home to finish themselves.

Today we are working with designers all over North America creating dream homes that have been expertly designed. In addition to our work in Vancouver we have furnished complete homes in New York, Phoenix, Hawaii, Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Seattle as well as in all the major Canadian Cities. We take great pride in helping designers to realize their vision. 

Here are some examples of our talented local designers curated visions.

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Living Room


Victoria: So let’s talk about Vancouver. How have the changes Vancouver has experienced influenced your business over the years?

Daphne: Vancouver has grown up. It has become much more sophisticated. In turn so have we. The designer and the consumer want and expect more from us today.  We have taken on that challenge and provide inspiration through our curated product line.  It’s important to us that we are always evolving and our new store I feel is a shining example of that.

Exterior store front


Victoria: I imagine it is not easy to satisfy an interior designer. Can you tell me how that community influences the way you do business?

Les: The truth is, if we can satisfy the needs of our designers, we can meet the needs of any customer. We keep our eyes on the design community to help us anticipate their needs. We follow their social media platforms and review their websites regularly. This keeps us up-to-date on what they are looking for and how they are styling. With our new store, the idea is to offer new and interesting product and our goal is to change these collections up regularly. We want to keep it fresh. We also believe that as a business we need to engage with these designers. We brainstorm regularly about how we can add value beyond just a great collection of home decor products. We are always looking for ideas, if you have any please let us know! And as you know, we believe most in partnerships. We want the designers to grow their businesses, and we want to be a part of that success.

Victoria: This is where I can attest, I love the way you support me.  The fact that we were able collaboration to develop “Namesake” our line of Custom designed, locally made furniture and have it so prominently displayed in your showroom is so great

Les: No question. There is a fabulous pool of talent in Vancouver, and we are always looking for opportunities to take advantage of it. We are super proud our partnership with you and the end result, the Namesake” line of furniture, is something very special.

Bedroom Image


Victoria: How has the digital world changed the home decor business?

Les: I think the digital world has changed the industry so much. Taking business online makes it much easier for customers to shop.  It is really easy to get inspiration and it is a fantastic starting point.  I truly believe that one still needs a brick and mortar showroom to pull everything together. Its important to see the different finishes on different woods, to understand the difference between solid and veneer construction, to feel the different textures of different fabric and then to see how all these come together. We have an extensive library of samples and put together storyboards regularly for our clients. This is the type of customer service that is really hard to do online.


Victoria: I know Once a Tree offers more that just home decor. What is it about the new store that represents that intangible value?

Daphne: We are constantly looking for how we can do MORE. More is our promise.  And it doesnt just relate to the product we offer. We are committed to asking for and fulfilling the needs of our design community. There is nothing I like better than when we get an email from a client thankful for the experience. I LOVE IT!!

Victoria: Well that was fun. I am so excited for you guys.


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Our Biggest Sale of the Year is Almost Here: ‘Fall’ in Love With These Furniture Pieces for Your Home

By now, all of us are familiar with pandemic related delays due to supply chain issues affecting every sector across the board. The furniture industry is no different. While we are starting to see things *slowly* pick up, it’s no secret people have been waiting months and months for everything from manufacturing to shipping of new furniture.

At Once A Tree, we are extremely proud of our made-in-Canada STUDIO Collection. Featuring furniture that’s designed and made locally in Vancouver, we’ve luckily been able to skip a lot of the months-long wait times for furniture to be made and delivered. In fact, with a lead time of twelve weeks, it’s a great option for those looking to refresh their home in time for fall, and the holiday season.

Ready for more good news? We’re gearing up for one of our biggest sales of the year: our Special Order Event, which is coming your way in just a couple of weeks. Starting on October 13th, we’ll be offering limited-time only discounts on our custom furniture line, special markdowns on in-stock pieces (that are available to take home right in time for the holidays!), and additional deeply discounted furniture pieces and accessories to update your home that simply won’t last.

If you’re one of ‘those people’ who are tired of the months-long delays for new furniture, visit us at 750 SW Marine Drive for a peek at some gorgeous pieces that are in stock and available to take home today! Plus, keep your eyes peeled for our Special Order Event coming soon, and sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know when the sale starts in October!

On that note, our owner, Daphne, has rounded up some of her favourite furniture pieces for fall and ready-to-purchase looks available in store below. Mark your calendars for our Special Order Event on October 13th, and get inspired to refresh your home without waiting months to do it. 

Upgrade your living room sectional with the Kaylee Sectional (Regular price: $7,710, Sale price: $6,180)

Fall is all about getting warm and cozy with a favourite book (or current binge-worthy Netflix show), blanket, and a cuppa tea. To do this, we recommend a luxurious sectional to help you take full advantage.

Sleek, comfortable, and cozy, our Kaylee Sectional is designed for any aesthetic. We currently have this minimalist sectional available for purchase in custom upholstery from our OAT Studio Collection. Or, if you’re interested in customizing it, visit us in store to choose from a wide selection of leathers and fabrics. Either way, we guarantee memorable movie nights ahead in your future! 

Switch up the mood and tone with our made-in-Canada Jules Six-Drawer Chest (Regular price: $3,190, Sale price: $2,552)

Add a more formal touch to your living room or bedroom with a darker aesthetic for fall. Darker colours never fail to add a touch of drama to a space, and our Jules Collection is no different. Made by Huppé Furniture, a Canadian company, this furniture collection is made from solid wood and selected oak veneer - and there’s a piece for every purpose, from a six-drawer chest to a two-drawer nightstand, and more!

Balance out the darker furniture with some lighter coloured accessories (like our Glace Lamp and Signature Oval Boxes) for eye-catching contrast and enjoy a refreshed space that evokes class and elegance! 

Small space? No problem with the Sloane Sofa! (Regular price: $3,845, Sale price: $2,690)

Mid-century lovers, rejoice! Our gorgeous Sloane Sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is in stock, on sale, and ready for your home. Perfectly sized to fit in a smaller space, this timeless and comfortable sofa is the epitome of modern comfort.

Featuring a distinctive profile accented by delicately shaped tapered legs, we have two Sloane Sofas in stock in a soft textured weave fabric for a neutral look that will never go out of style. 

Update your bedroom with our Canadian-made Winston Bed (Regular price: $3,960, Sale price: $3,168)

Did you know, you spend approximately one-third of your life asleep!? It’s one of the reasons we are big fans of a neutral-themed bedroom that is both calming and soothing, but that also adds the perfect amount of interest by combining different textures and accessories. 

We love the way this premium cotton and linen bedding from the Montauk Collection by Au Lit Fine Linens looks on our made-in-Canada Winston Bed! Featuring oversized, textured throw pillows that you can easily switch with each season, this bedroom is luxurious enough to lounge in whether you’re a night owl or a morning person. Complete the look with dramatic wall decor - like these Dual Tone Plates - for a bold, but neutral bedroom update that is anything but boring! 

Bring people together with the Carson Sectional (Regular price: $10,800, Sale price: $8,640)

Whether you’re setting up for a family movie night or retreating to your living room for a nightcap, the Carson Sectional by Mitchell Gold + Bob William will not disappoint. Modern, super-comfortable, and versatile, this oversized sectional features a relaxing angle to recline in, and extra wide cushions for added comfort. 

Take our Carson Sectional home today and enjoy cozy fall evenings in front of the fireplace like never before! 

Whether you are looking to refresh your home for fall, working on a home renovation, or need help on a custom furniture design for your home, let our team help you discover the perfect piece to bring your home dreams to life. Follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture and Pinterest @OnceATree for more design inspiration, or sign up to our e-newsletter today for more details on our new OAT DESIGN STUDIO location opening this October!

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Introducing Namesake + a Q&A with Interior Designer Victoria McKenney of Enviable Designs

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: at Once A Tree Furniture, one of our favourite things is getting to collaborate with the bevy of talented local designers in our community. For months (and months!) we have been working hard behind-the-scenes to launch our very first furniture collaboration with an interior designer you all know and love, and we’re so excited to finally share the very first sneak peek of this bespoke collection with you all.

Victoria McKenney of Enviable Designs is an incredibly talented designer with the ability to take ‘comfortable sophistication’ to a whole new level. Over the years, we’ve worked closely with Victoria to help furnish her luxury home projects and we’re thrilled to finally share that our first designer furniture collaboration, Namesake, will be available to purchase this fall exclusively at Once A Tree. To celebrate, we recently chatted with Victoria about Namesake, the inspiration behind the line, her tips for aspiring designers, and much more. Sign up to our e-newsletter today to be the first to know when the collection officially drops in our store, and in the meantime, read on to learn more about our exclusive Namesake collaboration.

[Photo Credit: Provoke Studios]


OAT: Tell us all about Namesake. How did it start? Where does the inspiration come from? 

Victoria: Namesake was quite a natural evolution, which was a progression from my design work. I found that I was constantly designing bespoke furniture for my clients because I could never quite find the right ready-made pieces locally or abroad.  

As such, I was often having these pieces fabricated by Once a Tree Furniture, and through this process, Daphne (OAT’s owner) was able to see the pieces that I was designing. When she first approached me about creating a furniture line, I immediately thought it was the perfect pairing. Great quality, locally-made furniture by Once A Tree, and an opportunity to design bespoke pieces that could work within a variety of design styles.

OAT: How would you describe this collection in three words?

Victoria: Timeless, refined, tailored.

[Photo Credit: Provoke Studios]

OAT: Who did you have in mind when you designed this collection, and who do you think will be drawn to this collection?

Victoria: Truly, everyone. I believe that Namesake is a relevant furniture collection that has a refined sense of style, ease and sophistication which appeals to almost every aesthetic.

You’ll see in many of the pieces and designs that the furniture reflects a modern elegance with a neutral palette, beautiful silhouettes and distinctive fabrics. And above all, quality furniture that is built to last is the most important value.

OAT: What drew you to working with us at Once A Tree Furniture on this bespoke furniture collection? How would you describe this process?

Victoria: I have been a longtime client of Once a Tree (since beginning my design career in 2003). Throughout the years, I have purchased their high-quality pieces and we’ve worked together collaborating on many different projects. When Daphne approached me for this furniture line, I knew it would be successful because of our long standing working relationship built on trust, understanding and creativity. The quality that I know OAT offers is outstanding, and I was especially ecstatic to design this collection with OAT knowing that the pieces would all be well-made and locally manufactured. 

[Photo Credit: Provoke Studios]


OAT: What is your favourite piece from this collection, and why?

Victoria: That’s a hard one! I truly love every piece from the collection, and each one is so thoughtfully designed. If I had to pick, I think my favourite piece is the Thomas Dining Table (pictured above). I love the connection between the two materials; wood and marble which blend seamlessly together. The piece is also very versatile, and could lend itself to a contemporary or traditional space.

[Photo Credit: Provoke Studios]


OAT: In addition to now being a furniture designer, you have a very successful, award-winning career as an interior designer. What first drew you to design and why do you love it?

Victoria: Growing up in a home where style, interior design and art was considered and honoured was a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the arts. I originally graduated from UBC with an art history degree, thinking I would pursue art preservation but quickly grew to understand that a science background was required and hence thought I would need to explore other options.

I traveled throughout Europe after graduating and was in awe of the architecture from that part of the world which sparked an instant connection for me.  Upon returning, I began design school and the rest is history! Design is such a creative process but I truly love connecting with clients and through that relationship, curating deeply personal and  beautiful spaces for them.

[Photo Credit: Provoke Studios]


OAT: How was the design process of creating furniture different from designing interiors?

Victoria: Great question! It was actually very similar to designing interiors in that once an original idea is created, then the hard work of problem solving, fine tuning and detailing begins.

Throughout this process, I’ve learned that every piece must be sampled, analyzed and then modified to finalize the perfect design. It truly was a long process from conception to realization - which is what makes this collection a true labour of love, and why I am so proud to finally share it with everyone.

[Photo Credit: Provoke Studios]

OAT: This collaboration has been a long time in the making. Can you share some of the challenges we encountered in bringing this collection to life?

Victoria: Honestly, timing was the most challenging aspect.  We began this collection when the pandemic first started in 2020 so even though the collection was complete, the fabrication and sampling was hugely delayed due to factory closures and supply chain issues - and we kept having to push the release date back.

That said, we’re so excited to finally debut the collection this fall in Once A Tree’s new showroom when it opens to the public in October.

OAT: Do you have any advice for aspiring designers in Vancouver?

Victoria: Interior Design is a very rewarding career but it is also hard work. Any aspiring designers should work for a design firm first to learn how the business side of things operate.  Also, be open to continuous learning, and take the time to travel and gain inspiration from everywhere.

[Photo Credit: Provoke Studios]

OAT: Who are your design influences? Who do you look to for inspiration?

Victoria: There are so many amazing designers that I look to for inspiration. Thomas Pheasant has a wonderfully tailored sensibility as does Barbara Barry.

There are also many Canadian designers who I have met throughout the years who continue to inspire me; Elizabeth Metcalfe, Paul Levoie and Richard Ouellette, to name a few.

Thank you for chatting with us, Victoria! 

We are excited to finally launch the Namesake Collection with Victoria McKenney this fall. Be sure to sign up to our e-newsletter today to be the first to know when this bespoke furniture collection is available to shop in our store. For more design inspiration, follow us @onceatreefurniture and @enviabledesigns on Instagram!

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Q&A with Interior Designer Alexis MacKay-Dunn of DesignLaB Interiors

If you’re local to Vancouver and familiar with the vibrant design community here, you may have heard of DesignLaB Interiors. Founded and run by the talented Alexis MacKay-Dunn, DesignLaB is known for their ability to transform clients’ homes into clean, modern spaces that undoubtedly reflect the best of west coast living, while also remaining both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Whether it’s a single room project, a new build or a big (or small!) renovation, Alexis and her team are passionate about bringing their clients’ dream home to life. 

Recently, we were thrilled to have the chance to work closely with her on a new build project that we are sharing exclusive sneak peeks of below (captured by the infinitely talented Janis Nicolay!). And, we took the opportunity to ask her some burning questions about her path to interior design, and what keeps her inspired daily. To learn more about Alexis, keep reading for an inside look into her fascinating world of interior design! 

OAT: Let’s start with a quick intro! Tell us more about yourself, and what led you to interior design. How would you describe your approach to design, and your overall style? 

Alexis: I started my career in interior design over 12 years ago - after dabbling in numerous industries that helped shape my perspective on interior design as a business. I had originally set out to university in Toronto where I achieved a commerce degree in retail, with an interest in buying (which seemed glamorous at the time!) and had a sneak peak at retail design. After a brief stint in commercial property appraisal after I returned to Vancouver, I decided it was time to get into my passion of interior design and I went to school at BCIT. During my design education I managed a home staging business, which not only gave me an edge in real space planning, but also connected me to a community of designers, realtors and home owners. I felt like I hit my stride.

My design tastes have evolved over time, but I tend toward a more clean, masculine aesthetic, tending to keeping things neutral and classic for my base materials (except for my green kitchen at home!). While I have always admired art deco and traditional designs, my heart is with the clean and simple more modern aesthetic. However, I’ve heard time and time again from clients that I have a knack for creating a warmth that always feels like home!

OAT: Now, on to this project. We had so much fun collaborating with you on unique furniture pieces for this home. Help us paint a picture of what this project looked like from the very beginning. What was the ‘state of the home’ when you first began? How long did the design process take from beginning to end? You know the drill!

Alexis: The previous home had had a large amount of water damage and was inhabitable. In fact, it was at a point where it was a better idea to start anew than remediate. I began this project when the architect handed the plans to me in early 2019 (just after I had my first child!). I was given the rooms’ outlines, but otherwise it was carte blanche for me to add my touch for the interiors.

The home is located at 54th and Oak in Vancouver and from beginning to end, has taken three years! We completed this home amidst a pandemic and worked with the home’s offshore owner to design and complete. The main design itself was completed in a few months, but I continued to work with the owner, architect and builder, Ronse Massey Developments, throughout the process. Collectively, we’re a team of eyes on the ground for the owner so there is a lot of back and forth and certainly a lot of gained trust through this process.

OAT: What were some of the key design goals for this home? 

Alexis: Because the owners live offshore, our primary goal for this home was to produce something that felt like home but was turn key and easy for the clients when they visited a couple times of year. The main solution for this ended up being a lot of built-ins and design tricks like streamlining the bed frame built-ins and closets to ensure they were functional, clean and traveler friendly. We customized each of the six bedrooms for each family member, by incorporating different large feature lights and unique custom fabric headboard and drapery for each room. Additionally, we added character to the bedrooms by incorporating important details like the gorgeous Melrose Chairs sourced from Once A Tree Furniture which make for a comfortable and stylish spot to relax and unwind with a book at the end of a long day!

OAT: Were any unique materials or design elements used in this project? If so, what was the inspiration behind them? 

Alexis: We have a large fireplace as the centerpiece of the main living space that we cladded in Mat Concrete floor to ceiling. It is flanked by custom bookshelves in dark stained oak, and compliments the bold, black textured Dubois Cocktail Table that adds more eye-catching contrast to the living area. We also used a lot of white oak detailing in the home - all stained in two custom colours - which brighten up the space. The living area was also thoughtfully furnished with statement furniture in neutral tones throughout - including some of our current favorites like the Clayton Chair and Dexter Accent Table - that will remain timeless for years to come.

One additional unique feature the architect, Alexandre Ravkov, created is a curved wall for the staircase. We cladded the living room side of the wall with vertical oak ‘slats’, and continued the detail across the kitchen ceiling which created balance and warmth in the large space. 

OAT: What makes this project special? Do you have any favourite parts of the home, and why?

I find this home particularly special as it just radiates my style! I was really able to take the reins and make it totally my aesthetic, and the client really trusted my input so it feels very ‘me’. Being able to create so many built-ins is also something unique to this home which I also love. Being able to customize a home to work for your clients needs is always a challenge but equally satisfying when you can achieve it and maintain your style!

OAT: Tell us more about your backstory while working on this project. Were there any hiccups or delays along the way, and how did this impact the project and process?

Alexis: A little thing called COVID really left its mark on this project - in fact, we are still dealing with delays in shipping for the exterior patios, and a few outstanding furniture pieces. Besides the general pains of everyone in this industry (and many other industries), on a personal level, I also had a pretty big health issue to manage. I was diagnosed with kidney disease (IgA Nephropathy) when I was pregnant with my first child, and it was determined that I had it for a long time but it had gone undetected. After my son was born, as I was planning and coordinating this project, my husband and I were given a small window to try for our second child as my kidney function was declining. The good news is, we were successful! But as my pregnancy evolved, my kidneys declined significantly and we had to deliver my daughter (yay!) at 32 weeks (not a yay). Between trips to the nicu and my own extended stay in hospital, it was obvious my kidneys were not going to recover and that I needed a transplant ASAP. I spent a few months on dialysis, and in June 2021, I found my angel and had my transplant. I do need to give my husband some credit here as he held us all up through this time! With little to no kidney function, you also have little to no brain function so I wasn’t much help around the house! Post transplant life has been life changing. While I still deal with health challenges each day (my kidney disease has reared its ugly face in my new kidney so I am constantly monitored), we are doing our best to enjoy my health (and brain!), and trying to fit in as much family time as possible. For now I am feeling good, and we will live in this space until we need to shift gears.

All of this to say, my personal health and family challenges did not make it easy to keep a large design project on track. It was no easy feat, but thankfully everyone involved was very understanding and my fellow design friends stepped in to help when I needed things adjusted or reviewed. It's amazing to see the community step up when you need it and I will be forever grateful for all the support we received.

OAT: Thank you so much for sharing this heartfelt story with us. Your strength is inspiring! Let’s shift gears a bit to the broader design world. In your expert opinion, what are some design trends we can look forward to seeing in the last half of 2022? 

Alexis: I’m probably not the ‘trendiest’ person to ask as I’ve got my head in the sand with two kids, a busy work schedule, and trying to get back to enjoying a healthy life for a bit! But, I’m a big believer in choosing timeless designs, and if I was to push someone in the right direction I would say things like: choose natural stones (don’t shy from honed granite, 90’s are back baby!), and keep things tone on tone with added texture. Interiors tend to follow fashion trends as well, so we’re all about the juxtaposition of proportion and texture.

OAT: What’s next for DesignLaB? Any exciting new projects you’re working on?

Alexis: I feel like I’m just getting warmed back up so I’m excited for what is next for me personally, and for DesignLaB. I have a couple tricks up my sleeve that will be showcased soon enough (if we get the furniture in time, right!?). I feel like I’ve got a second chance at all this, now that I’m reenergized I’m ready to create and have lots of fun doing it. 

 OAT: Finally, where can people find you online for more information about your services + offerings?

Alexis: On my website you can find my contact information and some projects we’ve done in the past (, and make sure you follow along on Instagram (@designlabca) to stay up-to-date on what we’re working on currently! 

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Alexis! Visit DesignLaB’s website for more information and don’t forget to give us a follow on Instagram @onceatreefurniture. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be sharing more BTS looks at this gorgeous home designed by Alexis, and highlighting key furniture pieces included in this project from Once A Tree that you can check out for your own home, too!

If you’re working on a home renovation, a one-room refresh or interior design on a new home build, get in touch with us to see how we can help you bring your dream home to life! From custom-built furniture to luxury accessories and more, contact us today. And, be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter to be the first to know about our upcoming sales, exclusive discounts, designer tips and more!

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5 Ways to Finish Up Your Home Reno With Luxury Accessories

It’s often easier to focus on the bigger picture when it comes to a home renovation. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the importance of the final, finishing details in any home makeover, renovation or remodel.

Accessories are among the best ways to add personality to a room - and they’re often overlooked or not properly thought through. It’s the little details - everything from colour, texture and material - that can help tell a story, invoke a good memory or simply add to the overall feel and vibe of a room. These are the things that contribute to creating your sense of home style.

At Once A Tree, we thoughtfully curate our showroom displays down to the smallest of details, including lighting, tableside décor, and other luxury accessories. We delight in our emotive response to the objects we surround ourselves with - everything from original artwork to the delicate translucence of a tinted glass vase to the soothing scent of a fragrant, hand-poured soy candle - and we invite you to consider how all of these details can enhance your home, as well. On that note, here are five ideas for choosing and arranging the best home accessories to add the perfect finishing touches to your renovation! 

Don’t be afraid to mix and match

Meteor Bowl

seeded candle holders

From different textures to contrasting colours, shapes and sizes, don’t be afraid to mix and match your accessories to add interest and personality. Choose a larger object as your focal point, and build around it.

We love our Meteor Bowls pictured above on a sideboard, coffee table or bookshelf! Styled alongside contrasting objects like our vertical Seeded Candle Holders and you have the perfect combination of height, depth and contrast.

Use in-season foliage and florals as a focal point

Sadie and Oslo Vase

Without a doubt, one of the easiest ways to switch up your home accessories from season to season is by incorporating in-season florals and greenery. Bringing an element of the outdoors inside is also an easy way to add a pop of colour to your space.

We’ve curated a selection of gorgeous, luxury vessels to help you do this. Some of our new favourites this season include our Lithos Vases in different shapes and sizes. We also love the look of trendy, tinted glass this season and recommend the Sadie or Oslo Vase to help you achieve this look!

Create drama and personality with original artwork

[Painting credit: Lisa Ochowycz]

[Painting credit: Krista Johnson]

Original artwork is always a go-to accessory for us when it comes to finishing up a room. It’s the ideal way to infuse personality into a space and can drastically change the overall look and feel of a room. 

At Once A Tree, we love supporting local artists and frequently rotate their work on display in our showroom. We are loving the current works of Lisa Ochowycz and Krista Johnson lately, and we know you will, too. Art work is a truly unique home accessory that serves as a stunning focal point and conversation piece. Visit our Vancouver showroom to see these gorgeous pieces on display for yourself!

Don’t be afraid to add colour!


For the last couple years, we’ve seen home décor and accessories be saturated with that “light, bright, airy” aesthetic (thanks, Instagram!). We’re here to tell you to go for it when it comes to adding pops of colour! Just like texture, colour is a great way to add interest, personality and contrast to a room. Whether it’s a moody vase, contrasting display trays, or gorgeous (and practical!) textured storage baskets, don’t be afraid to incorporate different colours into your home accessories.

Utilize lighting to set the mood of a room

[Photo credit: Provoke Studios]

Lighting has the power to transform the whole feel, look and warmth of your living space. From a statement chandelier in your living room to a sleek floor lamp in your home office, lighting is an often inexpensive and overlooked way to add the finishing touches to any home or room renovation. 

We love the simple impact of a modern bedside lamp like the Whitman lamp pictured above in this bedroom designed by Suzanne McIntosh of One by Design! It adds a clean and classic feel to the space without the clutter - and its timeless silhouette will be on trend for many years to come.

Whether you are finishing up a full home renovation, undertaking a one-room refresh or looking to update your home with new home accessories, let our team help you discover the pieces you’re looking for! Follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture and Pinterest @OnceATree for more design inspiration, or reach out today to see how we can help you complete your next home renovation project!

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